Brandel Library

First-Year Information Literacy

This guide provides resources for North Park faculty and staff on incorporating information Literacy into CORE 1000 courses.

Learning Outcomes

There are three main learning outcomes that are taught in CORE 1000 library instruction sessions.  These outcomes focus on beginner-level information literacy skills and concepts that are appropriate for first-year students.

Core 1000 Learning Outcomes

Authority and Evaluating Sources

  • Students will be able to explain why the authority of a source matters, in order to select appropriate sources for their information need.
  • Students will be able apply critical thinking skills when selecting sources by asking questions about the author, purpose, and context of the information.

    ACRL Frame: Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Identifying and Locating Sources

  • Students will be able to identify the appropriate research tool and implement basic search strategies in order to find sources that match their information need.

  • ACRL Frame: Searching is Strategic Exploration

Avoiding Plagiarism and the Misuse of Sources

  • Students will be able to define, recognize the common causes, and describe ways to avoid plagiarism.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate writing practices that can help them avoid plagiarism and the misuse of sources.

    ACRL Frame: Information has Value

Library Instruction Sessions

The learning outcomes for CORE 1000 can not be effectively taught in one library session. We highly recommend that you schedule your CORE 1000 course for two library instruction sessions. The following descriptions provide a brief overview of what is covered in each session:

Session One:
The first session will be an interactive and hands-on session devoted to teaching students how to critically evaluate information. This session will also introduce students to basic research tools and search strategies.


Session Two:
The second session will engage students in a discussion about the ethical use of information (plagiarism and the misuse of sources). Students will learn how to properly integrate sources into their writing. This session will provide time for students to practice quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing sources.